September 28 marks International Day for Universal Access to Information, which raises awareness of the importance of universal access to information.
The International Day for Universal Access to Information was proclaimed on 15 October 2019 at the 74th UN General Assembly to be held on 28 September. Initially, the day was designated by the UNESCO General Conference. It was inaugurated in November 2015 and was first held on 28 September 2016.
The day serves as a vital reminder of the critical role that information plays in our societies. It highlights the critical role of information in decision-making processes, be it in choosing a government representative or staying informed about governance.
According to UNESCO, access to information is a catalyst for progress and development across various sectors, and it upholds the principles of human rights and freedom of information.
UNESCO also reaffirms its commitment to fostering knowledge societies where access to information is a fundamental right, ensuring a brighter, more informed future for all.